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Prom and Prejudice Hardcover – January 1, 2011

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Eulberg retells Jane Austen’s still popular tale of class, love, and danger both emotional and physical. Setting this version in a contemporary Connecticut school for the socially elite, and casting Lizzie Bennett as a scholarship student and musical prodigy, Eulberg’s story unfolds along lines predictable both from the original plot and the spate of recent “mean rich girls” novels. That said, this version does justice to Austen and shows up the utter silliness of kids rich in material—and designer brand name—goods, the moodiness of some males (not often mined in YA literature), and the ways truth can be hidden by both outright lying (on the part of Wick, the villain of the piece) and shyness (both Lizzie’s and Darcy’s). This makes, in all, a fairly delightful blend of past and present value systems and social expectations. For those who haven’t read the original, that will be the obvious next stop; for those who have, there’s fun to be had in forecasting how Eulberg will rescript each upcoming scene. Grades 7-10. --Francisca Goldsmith

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Point; 1 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545240778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545240772
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Galleysmith VINE VOICE on January 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A shortened view of Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Eulberg adapts the well known story for a teen audience in which she centers the story around two posh New York City prep schools -- Longbourn and Pemberly Acadamies.

Vapid rich mean girl types reign supreme at Longbourn and as one would expect they turn their noses up at the few scholarship students in attendance. They are cruel to these girls pulling hurtful pranks and making outcasts of them. As a result, the scholarship students are forced to endure higher levels of anxiety and stress and can find very little support or comfort. At the center of all this torment is Prom -- the most highly-anticipated, exclusive and high-brow event on campus. An event that both encourages and intensifies the class war.

The story, while awesome conceptually, felt somewhat periphery. All of the big milestones are there, from Charles and Jane's separation to Wick and Lydia's running off, but overall the story felt a bit off to me. I wanted more depth, less story from 50-thousand feet and more at around 25-thousand. Moreover, I wanted to feel more of a connection. The original carries with it strong emotion and I didn't feel as much that here.

This limited emotion and lack of connection is firmly planted in the fact that I found Will lacking in the charisma of the original Darcy. He was a bit flat and with little focus on his character outside of the expected instances exhibiting his prejudice I didn't really feel like I cared one way or another if Lizzie ended up with him.

Despite this issue, the strength of this story is in how Eulberg adapted the characters to fit the teenage audience.
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Format: Hardcover
This was a fun read, and a cute retelling of the Jane Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice. Although I did enjoy it, it fell a little flat for me. Obviously the story was bound to be a little predictable, if you've read Pride and Prejudice, but I felt that it was just a little too predictable. It went beyond just a general parallel and became more like an exact duplicate. I really felt the author could have done a little bit more with this and brought something new into the mix.

Although I liked the Lizzie character in this story, there was strength to the original Lizzie that I missed in this one. This Lizzie seemed to let herself be bothered too much by the things around her, whereas the original Lizzie held herself rather above it and was able to keep it more in perspective, until the very last large event occurs that disrupts her entire family.

Similarly, Will Darcy seemed a little lifeless to me. I would have liked to have known a little bit more about this character, his life, and his feelings. I wanted to see some emotional reaction or get to know his inner workings a little bit better and see him more as a three dimensional character.

My favorite character in this retelling was Jane. She seemed to fit the original Jane rather well, but the author actually improved on her a little bit and gave her a littie of her own strength that the original Jane didn't have. I found this change refreshing and unique. I felt the author brought something new into the character that was very appealing, while still holding true to the original.

I did enjoy reading this story, as it was cute and light-hearted. I love this author and think she's enormously talented. I can't wait until her next book comes out. I would recommend this book to others, especially if they haven't read Pride and Prejudice before. Overall, a very fun read.
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By Lauren on December 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ever since Elizabeth Eulberg's fun and girl-empowering debut The Lonely Hearts Club, I've been eager to read more books by her, including her newest release Prom and Prejudice. Luckily enough, Prom and Prejudice is no sophomore slump for Ms. Eulberg. Quite the opposite, in fact, because not only is Prom and Prejudice sweet, heart-warming, and witty fun, but it's even better than The Lonely Hearts Club!

After a horrible first semester, Lizzie Bennett has finally come to terms with the fact that she just can't fit into the prestigious, girls-only Longbourn Academy. Longbourn Academy is a school for wealthy, mostly pompous trust-fund babies, which is something Lizzie just isn't. But, yet again, that's okay because she has her best friend Jane and major talent with the piano. Though, everything changes when Darcy, the charming yet snobby and full-of-himself best friend of Jane's crush Charles, walks into her life. At first sight, Lizzie puts Darcy aside as yet anther jerk, but, as the novel progress, she begins to wonder if there's more to him then meets the eye. Will Darcy and Lizzie come to terms? Better yet, will they see how perfect they are for each other? And how about Jane, will she end with her crush as well? Only time will tell this enchanting read perfect for any snowy afternoon by the fire.

One of the big things I always love about Eulberg's books is that she creates strong and intelligent female protagonists, ones who don't instantly fall in love with a guy they barley know or do ridiculous stuff, because when it comes down to it, those kind of characters are ones I think teens, like myself, have an easier time relating to. Luckily, Lizzie and her friend Jane are the perfect examples of this.
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